Definition of succumb in English:


Line breaks: suc|cumb
Pronunciation: /səˈkʌm


[no object]
1Fail to resist pressure, temptation, or some other negative force: we cannot merely give up and succumb to despair
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  • Young people who feel good about themselves are less likely to succumb to negative pressure.
  • The opposition will probably be forced to succumb to pressure from the West to join a national unity government.
  • But somebody somewhere in the industry might succumb to temptation.
be overcome by, be overwhelmed by, be conquered by, be beaten by
1.1Die from the effect of a disease or injury: after a few blows there, the porcupine succumbs
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  • Shot, gassed and riddled with shrapnel, Tu's father comes back from the Great War a cot-case who has to be nursed on the tribal lands by his wife Ma through his fits and moods until he finally succumbs to his injuries at the age of 39.
  • After the man succumbs to his injuries, Richard is blamed for his death but gives a false name to the police so as not to shame his family.
  • Had I not been able to find the money I believe I might well have succumbed to this terrible disease within a matter of months.
die from, die of, pass away as a result of, be a fatality of;
catch, develop, contract, pick up, get, become infected with, suffer from, fall victim to, fall ill with


late 15th century (in the sense 'bring low, overwhelm'): from Old French succomber or Latin succumbere, from sub- 'under' + a verb related to cubare 'to lie'.

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